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Early modern architecture

Research on Newfoundland’s early modern architecture, from the time of Confederation with Canada until the mid-1960s. (See “Modernism in Newfoundland", The Canadian Architect, March, 2000).

Bethel Synagogue prior to partial demolition

Research on the residential architecture of Rudolf Schindler (California).

Schindler's Janson House, Los Angeles

The Architecture and Cultural Landscape of Tilting

Preparation of a major exhibit on the architecture and cultural landscape of Tilting for the Newfoundland Museum, opening September 28, 2007, in The Rooms, St. John’s, NL.

Fishery outbuildings in Tilting

The Brett Premises

Research on the Brett Premises in Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, including the cultural landscape, architecture, and material culture. The Brett House is now a small museum operated by the Town Council of Joe Batt’s Arm, and Robert Mellin advised on the restoration of the exterior.

The Brett House


Heritage Conservation Technology

Research/writing on heritage conservation technology, Heritage Foundation of NL (see Residential Heritage Conservation in St. John’s, Historic Places Initiative and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 118 pages, April, 2005, and “Exterior Cladding Installation Guide,” Historic Places Initiative and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2006).

Exterior Cladding Guide (HFNL)
Details from the Exterior Cladding Guide (HFNL)
Residential Heritage Conservation (HFNL)

Frederick Colbourne, Architect

Research on the early modern architecture of Frederick Colbourne, St. John’s, NL, in collaboration with Nicholas Herder, intern architect.

House by Frederick Colbourne, Forest Avenue, St. John's


Heritage Conservation

Research/writing on heritage conservation (see “Conservation in Tilting, Newfoundland,” APT Bulletin (Association for Preservation Technology), 2006 Vol. 37, No. 2-3, pages 13-21.

Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, 2006, cover photo: Foley fish store, Tilting


The Ludlow Premises in Joe Batt’s Arm

The Ludlow Premises in Joe Batt’s Arm: chapter in a forthcoming anthology titled Despite This Loss: Culture, Memory and Identity in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University, Faculty of Education (editors, Profs. Ursula Kelly and Elizabeth Yeoman).

Arthur Ludlow's birdhouse, Joe Batt's Arm

Heritage Conservation Plan & Regulations for Tilting, NL

Development of a Heritage Conservation Plan & Regulations for Tilting, NL (ongoing advocacy work). Tilting has recently been designated as a provincial Registered Heritage District and a National Cultural Landscape District (Historic Sites and Monuments Board).

Root cellars in Tilting